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Factors Contributing to Academic Achievement: A Bayesian Structure Equation Modelling Study

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IJMEST Volume 44, Number 4, ISSN 0020-739X


In Iran, high school graduates enter university after taking a very difficult entrance exam called the Konkoor. Therefore, only the top-performing students are admitted by universities to continue their bachelor's education in statistics. Surprisingly, statistically, most of such students fall into the following categories: (1) do not succeed in their education despite their excellent performance on the Konkoor and in high school; (2) graduate with a grade point average (GPA) that is considerably lower than their high school GPA; (3) continue their master's education in majors other than statistics and (4) try to find jobs unrelated to statistics. This article employs the well-known and powerful statistical technique, the Bayesian structural equation modelling (SEM), to study the academic success of recent graduates who have studied statistics at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. This research: (i) considered academic success as a latent variable, which was measured by GPA and other academic success (see below) of students in the target population; (ii) employed the Bayesian SEM, which works properly for small sample sizes and ordinal variables; (iii), which is taken from the literature, developed five main factors that affected academic success and (iv) considered several standard psychological tests and measured characteristics such as "self-esteem" and "anxiety". We then study the impact of such factors on the academic success of the target population. Six factors that positively impact student academic success were identified in the following order of relative impact (from greatest to least): "Teaching--Evaluation", "Learner", "Environment", "Family", "Curriculum" and "Teaching Knowledge". Particularly, influential variables within each factor have also been noted. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)


Payandeh Najafabadi, A.T., Najafabadi, M.O. & Farid-Rohani, M.R. (2013). Factors Contributing to Academic Achievement: A Bayesian Structure Equation Modelling Study. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(4), 490-500. Retrieved October 22, 2019 from .

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